Repentant Gangster Shot Dead after Book Launch

A former Danish gang leader who produced a memoir on how he left a life of crime has been fatally shot just a day before his book’s release.

Nedim Yasar, 31, was hit as he left a book launch on Monday in the Danish capital, Copenhagen.

He was taken to hospital but died of his injuries –a day before his memoir, entitled Roots, was published, BBC writes.

In the incident on Monday, which was reported shortly after 19:30 local time (18:30 GMT), a suspect dressed in dark clothing fired “at least two shots” at Yasar, the Copenhagen Police Department said in a statement, adding that the suspect fled the scene after the assault.

His book was published Tuesday

Yasar, who was born in Turkey and arrived in Denmark at the age of four, had led the Copenhagen-based criminal gang Los Guerreros – a notorious gang with links to the drugs trade, according to police.

He quit the gang in 2012 to join an exit programme after he discovered that he was going to be a father, Danish news agency Ritzau reported.

He then became a mentor for young people and made a name for himself with a show on local radio station Radio24syv.

Yasar’s memoir, Roots: A Gangster’s Way Out, is written by Marie-Louise Toksvig and describes Yasar’s journey as he pulls himself out of the criminal underworld.

Denmark’s Justice Minister, Søren Pape Poulsen, described Yasar’s death on Tuesday as “sad and infinitely meaningless”.

“I met Nedim once. I met a man who with all his heart wanted to create a new life and make a difference for others. My thoughts and compassion go to his friends and family,” Mr Poulsen tweeted.

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